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Proverbs 31:8-9 - Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves

NIV Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up and judge fairly;
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
KJV Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.


"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing." -Albert Einstein

We are to plead for those who cannot plead their own case and help those who are destitute. Is this not what Jesus did for us?

Psalm 39:5 - Each man's life is but a breath

NIV You have made my days a mere handbreadth;
the span of my years is as nothing before you.
Each man's life is but a breath.
KJV Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.


Psalm 39 is not a criticism of achievement or hard work, but it does urge us to slow down and consider the end of life. Perhaps we need to stop and be quiet for a while (39:1-3). Perhaps we need to reflect on sins that have estranged us from God and confess them to Him, knowing that He is our only source of forgiveness, hope, and strength (39:7-13). We are but sojourners on this planet. If we're moving through life too quickly, we do well to slow down and take time for God.

Word in life study Bible . 1997, c1996 (electronic ed.) (Ps 39:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.